Southern, Valley look to bounce back _lowres

Photo by TOM MORRIS/Louisiana Tech SportsPix Southern coach Dawson Odums gestures during the Jaguars' game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Ruston.

Southern coach Dawson Odums said he saw several positive things after reviewing film of the Jaguars 62-15 loss at Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

“I thought we competed for four quarters,” Odums said Monday during the weekly Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches teleconference. “We were able to get (two) turnovers. Offensively we moved the ball down the field. We were able to get into the end zone.

“Special teams was able to get into the end zone on a kickoff return. So we did some good things, we just didn’t do enough of them to give ourselves a chance to win a football game against a very good football team.”

The kickoff return Odums referred to was a 100-yarder by Willie Quinn, who was named SWAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Quinn finished the game with six kickoff returns for 197 yards.

Odums said Southern would be practicing Monday, a normal day off, to get ready for a quick turnaround. The Jaguars leave Wednesday to play their SWAC opener at Mississippi Valley State on Thursday.

Valley coach Rick Comegy was late for his turn on the conference call. He said he lost track of time while in a staff meeting as the Delta Devils also deal with a short week even though they don’t have to travel.

They opened the season with a 66-0 loss at New Mexico.

“Thank goodness for Labor Day,” Comegy said. “Since we don’t have classes today, we plan to get a lot of work in and look at a lot of film.”

In his opening comments, Comegy mistakenly referred to Southern’s opener against “Georgia Tech.”

Defending SWAC champion Alcorn State opened against Georgia Tech and lost 69-6.